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Lissa's Review: Credence by Penelope Douglas


PUBLISHER: Penelope Douglas LLC

RELEASED: January 13, 2020

GENRE: New Adult, Romance

LENGTH: 487 pages

FORMAT: eBook, Paperback







Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

*Credence is a new adult standalone novel suitable for readers 18+.


Credence was interesting, full of lust, passion, and trying to come to terms with life.

Tiernan is a celebrity child. One who was never given the love she deserved—more of an afterthought to her parents. When tragedy strikes, she has the opportunity to go somewhere far away and secluded. Not knowing what she would find there.

I usually don’t read books as heavy as this. And a lot of people will have something to say about the circumstances. Even though it wasn’t something that many people are a fan of. I kind of understood Tiernan and that whole dynamic. Yes, this entire book is full of tension, passion, lust.. that keeps you reading. But I think it’s more than that.

Credence sends you on this journey with these characters, want to break out of this small-town world. One who wants to keep his sons close, one who would give anything to leave, and one that wants love and get it in return.

They were all just lost until they understood what they needed. Credence did take me a while to get through, but I enjoyed it.

Overall, Four Boundless Stars

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